The alumni from the School of Education and Professional Studies make significant contributions through teaching, training, and professional development within their communities. Our alumni are held in high regard by employers and find challenging and rewarding employment opportunities, through the world.
Meet our alumni
After graduating from a Bachelor of Education in 2000, David set about building his profile as a passionate educator and administrator for schools situated in socially complex and diverse environments. He was awarded Gold Coast Teacher of the Year in 2009 for establishing programs to enhance mathematics education and social and emotional well-being. In 2014, he was named Griffith’s Arts, Education and Law Young Alumnus of the Year for his contribution to numeracy and driving high expectations in socially disadvantaged schools.
Rebecca graduated from Griffith University in 1992 and has worked at Windaroo State School for over 15 years delivering specialised science education to her students Outside of the classroom, Rebecca has published over 80 educational books. Her first children’s book series Juliet - Nearly A Vet, published by Penguin, was the winner of the Wilderness Society Award for Children's Literature in 2014. In 2015, Rebecca was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Science in Primary Schools and has also been the recipient of the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence Science Education. She was also awarded Griffith’s Arts, Education and Law Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2016.
Bachelor of Education graduate Wendy Thomas' work focuses on improving the lives of hundreds of children through the Titans Learning Centre (TLC) program. Wendy is the Foundation Teacher of the program, an approved alternative schooling partnership between Queensland’s Department of Education and Training and the Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club. Participants in the TLC are students in Years 3 and 4 who are at risk of disengaging from their learning due to low self-esteem, poor self-image, high anxiety and social difficulties. The TLC has been acknowledged as outstanding at local and regional level with the Gold Coast Mayoral Award for Community Partnership in 2010 and the DETE South East Regional Showcase Awards for Education Excellence in 2010.
Johnathon graduated from Griffith in 2015 and secured a job immediately as a Year 5 teacher at Trinity Lutheran College. He is passionate about inspiring his students to succeed and overcome obstacles and challenges, and making a difference in the lives of each and every one of his students.
Jillian worked in environmental science and decided to make the career change into teaching so she could make a positive impact in the classroom. She completed the Griffith Graduate Diploma in Education and now works as a Secondary Science and Maths teacher at Helensvale State High School. Jillian believes the best part of being a teacher is showing kids that they can achieve success in things that they might not have normally tried or already believed that they couldn't do.
After graduating from her Primary Education degree in 2014, Krystal began her teaching career at the Tagai State College campus on Saibai Island, which is just 4km away from Papua New Guinea. After just one year of teaching on one of the state’s most remote islands, Krystal Flynn started a Masters degree focusing on languages in her local community. Her analysis of Yumplatok – the Torres Strait Islander Creole – and Kalaw Kawaw Ya, a dialect of Kala Lagaw Ya, which is spoken on Saibai Island, is informing her teaching in the classroom. In 2016, Krystal won the Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award conducted by the Queensland College of Teachers Awards (QCT).
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